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it's thirty minutes past the hour you're watching business on our b.p. is negotiating with gazprom to supply of russia's dals to britain by two thousand and sixteen that's according to the british press british prime minister david cameron reportedly discussed the idea with president vladimir putin when they met during the london olympics this summer under the plan b p m gal's problem would jointly build a pipeline from russia to the u.k. to discuss this and details let's cross over to the business desk where to be a as on top of the story so can you while watching the olympics it seems like our as it turns out we're playing their own the role of gas they. think they will have in their own games their own gas gains getting on a bit of business and pleasure are happening as you say really david cameron saying
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my thumbs are rob i will stream to come to britain i want to do business and it will be gas from the un's fifty one percent of the knowledge stream involved with the pain of david p.t. who is the head of b.p. russia has said allegedly that the talks are in full swing they are early stages but that they do could be done and dusted by the middle of next gen now peyton has also reportedly said that he would like gas pump to accumulate twenty percent of the british gas market which would put it just behind british gas in terms of supplies a big market united tasha all but katie what our stan is v.p. just found the buyer for a stake in the russian joint venture t.n.t. b.p. finally it got out of russia and breezer sigh of relief why would it want to go back and just sell so crazy yeah well you know what they want to make money and they don't want to leave russia any time soon because we know that they managed to accumulate twenty percent of rough that was off to getting rid of their fifty percent say. ok b.p.
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as you say we know it was the first relationship but you know what it was lucrative of as far as the balance sheet was concerned it was a healthy one and they needed that money to make up for the spill that they had in mexico so they're after the money in a tattoo of gold ok so is already dealing with rosneft why add does fall into the mix well you know they want to stick their fingers in a few russian pies so it looks like and now they can do that because they have got rid of this fifty percent stake in the paint it means that they can do directly now with get from ok i can see how it could be a big incentive but britain already has sources it's downs from elsewhere in the world buyers from russia it can't just be about economics i just don't buy that no i will there is a political agenda so we're hearing apparently downing street is farea cain on britain to diversify gas away from the middle east as you can see just an hour since twenty ten the u.k.'s gas imports from qatar have risen sixty seven percent
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while those for norway is down seventeen percent and the u.k.'s north sea supplies of continue to do window because it's a mature market and the resources are running away running out such as safe as you know it's a long way from the days that britain was self-sufficient so let's have a look at the map itself the pipeline runs from russia to germany under the baltic sea bypassing ukraine altogether and britain reportedly wants to extend the same threat to norfolk costing the four hundred eighty million dollars of initial investment now talking to experts about this we spoke to alexander another of his from gazprom bank and he was saying the you know it makes sense is poland c. of gas to go around so let's have a listen. it is a really it would be really cool thing to do. some terms discuss. currently the coal capacity of north stream is actually north demanded he
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has partially replaced takes work to do you draw this through other directions these potential lean good probably makes more sense than building yourself three right now but you know water to balance better gas exports from russia and you wanted to follow the rules the more didn't rule the european gas market to divide potentially the transportation and distribution data but it still sounds like cameron is in there some kind of pressure to keep the brits warm a-z. he always says the sachet you know us brits would like to keep warm the winter can be relatively at time so definitely and you know it was well this could potentially mean discounts in the future should the deal go for a. thank you very much kitty pilgrim reporting from the business that's now moving on the year zero zero now finance ministers are meeting in brussels to discuss the greek debt solutions they're trying to convince the international creditors to send
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the next tranche of bailout money to greece within the next few weeks that has to come in time for the country to make its next death payment earlier on monday spoke with steamed jacobson she thought of the sacks of bank and copenhagen he says there will be no win win situations someone will have to accept the loss part of the solution this time around will be that greece is giving up to ten billion euros to buy back some of their own debt and retire but you have to remember that debt it is self is what we call an o.s.i. a public sector involvement in this means that if they actually we have started the process of taking have customs and greek debt so you know one hundred twenty percent one hundred twenty percent to twenty two percent of g.d.p. doesn't really matter everybody knows that if your debt to g.d.p. is higher than ninety you have a huge future checks on your growth and you have negative downside for years to
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come but if you were one of the finance ministers what would you suggest as the solution i will start negotiating who should take the losses here because we need to reduce greek debt to g.d.p. below ninety percent if we really want greece to have a future on his own but also certainly in part of the euro zone in europe so you need someone to take the loss of course the consequence of losses will be that countries like germany fail and then the netherlands will have to take these losses and have sold them into their fiscal deficit something which is politically impossible to facilitate certainly twenty thirteen is an election year in germany so whatever is the most rational whatever is the best solution for greece is and remains out of reach in terms of being a political solution. let's not check out the markets wall street next to the dow is lower the main reasons for concerns are the so-called fiscal cliff
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and the other result problems in the eurozone the nasdaq has managed to bounce back over the past couple of hours though over in europe stocks finished monday's session lower the foot sea and the dax slipped half percent and a quarter percent respectively. here in russia equities trade in sympathy with the global markets finishing the day with one percent losses for both the my sex and the r.t.s. and all the currency market the russian ruble finished the day mixed against both the euro and the dollar and the euro continues to push higher to the greenback. the four year dispute at russia's mining giant. may be coming to an end a major shareholder on aids or pasta is urging his fellow billionaire remove age to buy a seven percent stake in the company which is the world's a largest nickel producer for q billion dollars if the deal goes through it will help resolve their boss because a long running feud with another partner of argument pattani and over strategic
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issues. would then act as a buffer between. sources close to the talks say they'll be another twist in the story in may replace. as the company's c.e.o. . a record two hundred forty seven million bargain crazed shoppers hit the u.s. stores in so-called black friday and over the past weekend they spent fifty five billion dollars that's thirteen percent more than last year according to the national retail federation an addition to the much anticipated crowd madness which of course included the usual screaming pushing and passing out the brick and mortar retailers saw a one point eight percent sales decline compared to last year's black friday because many shoppers took advantage of all. line sales those topped one billion dollars in a single day of the day i should say has long been considered crucial in making the
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retailers of books for the here and about eighty percent of consumers admitted taking advantage of lot of gifts from oceans over the weekend leaving but of course there's nothing sweeter than pampering yourself under the pretense of getting all your christmas shopping done. and up next we talk to the director of the center for investigative journalism gavin methodical about the difficulties whistleblowers face when trying to promote transparency that's after a short break. in japan the average height for men is one hundred eighty two centimeters on ten centimeters shorter because of that some employers refused to hire me one of them even told me directly that i was too short to deal with the clients could you just already spend three months in this hospital and plans to stay for another four to add the coveted seven santa majors to his stature invented by the famed soviet off
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the beat is good for you is there of in the nineteen fifties these frames were initially used to treat fractures in deformities by cutting bones and slowly pulling them up more therefore stimulating tissue regeneration it was sort of was able to receive arms and legs and people who thought they were crippled for life decent to be other patients shattered bones and in many cases their shattered lives with the main goal when professing you a czar of design his first brain using bicycle parts sixty years later his invention is increasingly being used to help people who are eager to fracture their legs to become a few centimeters taller than the ultimate goal is still the same fixing somebodies live both literally and figuratively about a third of patients admitted she was out of center now days seeking surgery focus magic reason. most of them are man and most are not what you would call vertically challenged professor novick of who operated on many of them sas it usually comes
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down to man's pride somewhere during the first patient to turn to us with a leg length i mean request to meet his fifteen centimeters to be still want to surgery because it's panos to than him we like to say that we need to break their legs in order to fix their head maybe nothing wrong with them from an orthopedic point of view but there is something psychological that prevents them from living their lowest fully being happy and we fix it like lengthening surgeries are banned in many countries and even the out there pretty expensive in russia the entire course costs eleven thousand dollars about one tenth of the similar package in the united states financial considerations for one of the reasons that brought this washington state native to western siberia yet his main motive for the surgery had to do with how he fared in the others in america advertise his one seventy five i was one sixty seven or one sixty eight and so on eight centimeters would have
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brought me right to average users wanted to be average for women height isn't so important you know i think girl can be sure it's not a big deal i think a guy is like expected to be taller just before the operation most this matter a russian girl who found he's a regional hide quite endearing yet he still want to have had the surgery adding seven more centimeters to he self-confidence she told me the whole time you're crazy you're normal you're perfect. for an hour or so they call you so what a compliment for somebody who's used to falling short of his own expectations. whistle blows and i mean it's defenders of the trees fighting back against the coat
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of corruption the recent high profile whistle blowing cases such as that of wiki leaks founder julian assange has given us a glimpse of the often harsh realities that face those who are brave enough to expose the secrets that there is in power would rather we kept hidden so what do you do if you have information that you feel should be exposed to turn to was tell us a bit more about that we're joined by gavin excited director of the center for investigative journalism but you're here today to talk to us about the new whistle playing great in the way we set up a whistleblowers group in britain because whistleblowers have very little protection here the law exists to nominally protect them but it's very weak and it means that. whistleblowers are encouraged to deal with the problem inside their own company inside the government agency whoever happens to be in that exposes them immediately to possible retribution and victimization psychological pressures on whistleblowers are quite intense they usually surprisingly lose their spouses the
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husband or the wife leaves them because they can't take the pressure the financial pressure of courts police is very great. and unless you have nothing or you have a great deal to fight if you're in the middle it's very difficult. so to fight against a major opponent in a huge corporation for example is extremely difficult they have unknown numbers of lawyers they have millions of pounds to spend attacking you and they will now go after your private life they'll go after all kinds of aspects of your life they'll falsify the employment records to say that you're always a crazy person even if you've just been promoted they'll do all kinds of things to discredit you and that's very hard for families to take and often go to the employers your employers and say you've got this terrible disreputable person working for you and so the pressures are high and so one of the first things they asked us was when we asked them what do you need what would help you most and they
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said psychological help. some kind of console somebody to talk to so we can vent the problems with them and get some advice. and they lose their homes a lot. too just to do a couple days in court could cost you fifteen thousand pounds. which is more money than any working person really has here so you can't fight very well and there's no unions in a lot of areas of british life so you can the union can help you so you're very much on your own which is why we formed whistleblowers u.k. so that there be a collective group like a trade union almost to support whistleblowers by themselves i'm the only person in it who's not actually a whistleblower you know all the rest of them are all whistleblowers though i've worked as an investigative reporter i've worked with who were suppose for thirty five years and i've seen what's happened to so many of them we had one whistleblower who helped me a great deal on a film in this country and he was stabbed on the street and barely survived and i
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felt after that that we had a particular obligation to help these people ek with the blameless that often how did is some of the best the top stand it but from what you've been describing it sounds like there's really a very long wait. a long way to go though the law was probably well intended but it's very very weak employers and the government did a great deal to take the teeth out of the law what they do in effect is they suggest that you you go to an outside regulator but there's are no right as outside regulators of any independence to go to so you're stuck with going to somebody inside the company and reporting it reporting what it is that concerns you for example corruption. unsafe conditions chemical hazards all kinds of things that will be very disturbing to people so we have a real obligation to find some protective form that really works now and sweden for example there's a law there that says that if you don't whistle blow you go to prison and that's
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strong enough now the words encourages you to to whistle blow if you see something of a social importance something of undeniable public interest then you have to fight to expose it similarly. the americans have all of which means that if you loose. save the government a lot of money because exposing tax evasion the government will give you ten percent of what they saved so we have case after case after case now of whistleblowers in america receiving enormous sums of money one woman received one hundred thirty one million dollars as a ten percent of what she saved the government tax avoidance so those things are encouraging to some whistleblowers we don't believe in that here we don't think that people ought to take money because it'll it'll suggest that we're only doing this for the money is there a coach say in the covering up it's a long time culture it's one of the few things that you could say is uniquely
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british in a sense that the idea that when the police kill somebody nobody's ever convicted there's been a thousand deaths in police custody in this country in the last twenty odd years and not one policeman not one has ever been convicted it's always been covered up there's a famous case in two thousand and six where a brazilian electrician was shot to death by seven. uniform explain coast police in front of forty horrified passengers on a tube the diminishes killing it's of quite a well known killing here and not one cop was even prosecutor let alone convicted and the woman who gave the command order to kill him was herself promoted and she's now the head of all counterterrorism in britain that's how we define cover so yes the answer is yes how's your grape going about taking on this. well by encouraging whistleblowers with support with legal support so they're properly defended and they compete properly or look after their own interests in court where they're
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psychologically supported so they're not alone where there's solid solidarity network or other for example we have a court accompanying service so that when a whistleblower goes to court another whistleblower from any group goes with them told their hand to make sure they're not alone and they're facing a whole panel of lawyers on their own we send somebody with them it's usually a nurse because we've got a lot of nurse we're so blowers and they're the best we've got they're fantastic. because it's a tough world and they're the ones who do it for no money they've got they're paid badly and so why should they tolerate the abuse of conditions often many of them are subjected to. those people are the ones who are the strongest and the toughest and they stand behind our military people they stand behind our financial people when they go in court there's usually a nurse with them or a doctor or somebody who from our medical group who goes with them giving you an investigative journalist yourself and often with the guys in the back of an
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investigation that the people who think they just how vital. to investigations will first hand witness is like the documents are critical to an investigative report that has any credibility we have to work to the same standard as a lawyer in court what we do we have to be able to prove and a whistleblower who is a first hand witness or who can take documents out becomes very important in that process we have one with us a man named ian foxley he's a left handed colonel in the british army or was he was sent to saudi arabia to supervise a commercial arms deal worth over a billion pounds he got there and discovered there was hundreds of millions of pounds missing in these accounts there was clear corruption going on and he confronted them and barely got out alive from the country. it was quite an adventure was like a james bond story getting out of the country in front of the saudi secret police they're pretty dreaded you enter that system and you probably don't come out in one piece and he was very lucky to get out and even on the front page of newspapers now
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all of us but he's a leading figure in our organization and we have many people in the same place so we've had a lot of experience with as investigative reporters with a centrally of that employ their evidence to people out there you know what seeing at the maintenance and maybe thinking about what's the i have information they want to expose what would your advice be to the main thing is to protect yourself and your family when you start. we tell people here very simply if you're going to telephone somebody don't do it from your office don't do it from your home if you want to send an e-mail to a reporter or somebody else don't do it from home don't do it from your office don't tell anybody what you're doing tell nobody act normally so nobody suspects later on there might have been you so just to protect yourself so you're not in serious trouble later go outside your main town to a small internet cafe which which does not have a closed circuit television camera make sure it doesn't and if it doesn't you've got seven or eight minutes to make
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a phone call or e-mail to the press and then leave quickly and wait for them to contact you. with high profile cases like dealey in the songs and i know the cover yourself very closely it seems like the message is that the war on whistle blowing is gearing up actually strangely enough it's quite the opposite because. first of all courage is contagious. and julian assange is nothing if he's not courageous and he's broken more stories exposed more injustices more crimes and mass murder by the american government than anybody has ever done and he's still around the maybe we have you know uncomfortable life in the ecuadorian embassy but he's still with us and he'll get out of it but what's more no one person who's ever used wiki leaks now one person has ever been caught let's talk about the media's role when it comes to with the we seen the response to
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julian assange it's been very divided why do you think the media's message has been say confused what the media's also been hostile to do in. particular the guardian here in the new york times i mean basically the establishment press. the liberal establishment press if you can call it that are probably the most critical strangely enough they're not supportive of people like julian assange or even some whistleblowers we. get their particular anger going there's no doubt about that because they're also he produces more stories in one afternoon than they've produced in twenty five years and that makes them very angry because it's he's not a professional he's not one of us he's a strange australian crazy man and they are frightened by that. a cause that by the way encourages others and one of the interesting things about wiki leaks is far from it being suppressed there are thirty three new wiki leaks all around the world there's even one in bulgaria there's one in the appalachian mountains of tennessee in the united states for coal miners to put out the truth about what happens in the
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coal mines i mean there's a lot of very interesting stuff going on prompted by that so far from being a discouraging thing i think a lot of people are quite encouraged by what's going on we certainly are for people watching the idea of a whistleblower is often deep throat from the watergate scandal and i say the figure that stays in the background see can you explain and summarize why it's so important that we protect these people because courage is contagious and if they are not caught. that's encouragement to everybody else. it's like any whistleblower anywhere but it's fear that prevents them if we can reduce that fear then more will come forward so they'll be more investigative reporting better and more in-depth and skeptical reporting will learn more about governments and corporations that we need to know that now is secret the secret world a dangerous world and we're trying to pull some curtains and open the light and point out it and that's what we're going to do and the more whistleblowers we have
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the more lights going to come out. thank you very much. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize everything. i'm tom harpur welcome to the big picture. was not a military. unit of the huge contract. it was not the operation to secure and rebuild the devastated country. taxpayers.
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